Improving usability is a top priority for Drupal 7: http://buytaert.net/usability-usability-and-usability
So, it is also a big topic for Drupalcon in Szeged. Besides presentations and sessions we should work out a format for actually getting some stuff done, too. Let's call it a Usability Sprint. We should focus on fixing the actual issues found by the two usability tests.
The best way to propose new UI improvements for Drupal is writing proof-of-concept modules. It would be great to get some of those done during a focussed Usability Sprint.
So, how's this for an ideal usability sprint scenario:
BoF Usability Sprint Day 1
- zoom in on 1 or 2 issues we already decided upon before the conference
(redo admin categories, modules page, permissions page…)
- bring your ideas and proposals
- discuss the options, decide on 1 or 2 things we can work on.
- do a card sort on the admin categories
- discuss the different 'dashboard' approaches people already use
- choose 2 options we want to compare / test
- let's pick a nice chunk of core interface text: labels, descriptions, help
- rework them for clarity, consistency and brevity.
BoF Usability Sprint Day 2
build prototypes: on paper, in photoshop and/or code
or: further work on interface copy, start documenting the copywriting guidelines we find.
BoF Usability Sprint Day 3
Test conceptcode with the Usability Testing Suite
or: create patch for interface copy and start the guidelines handbook page on drupal.org
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